How the book came to be:
It has been a couple of years in the making. Good friend Bhaskar, a nature photographer and now a documentary film-maker with the award-winning “Elephants In The Coffee”, and passionate about the elephant, ... caught up with me in America . He then proceeded to nag me, bug me and coax me into writing this story for children. ....suddenly, there he was, Baby Balarama, naughty, adorable, and full of dreams about a beautiful life in the forest, playing and growing up in Nagarahole forest. It was agonizing to have to write about his capture, the shattering of his dreams, and his journey to Mysore where he became the lead elephant, carrying the Ambari in the Vijayadashami procession.
For Bhaskar, this book is “a small way to preserve the cultural relevance of elephants and our understanding of these gentle giants. For me, it was a a ramble through the world of elephants, learning how they live , love and even mourn the death of a loved one. A celebration of the elephant’s place in our culture, mythology, religion, and at the same time the sombre realization that the future of the elephant, and its home, and by extension, this planet which is our home is not as grand as its past.